Nov 06

Quebrada Las Gachas, Guadalupe, Santander

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Last month I wrote a blog post all about the Cano Cristales of Santander (that’s what I christened it anyway!) – this focused on the amazing red rivers flowing around the small town of Guadalupe in Santander department, and their similarity to the iconic Colombian attraction of Cano Cristales…the key difference being that the red rivers of Guadalupe are red all year round (as they get their color due to the rocks they flow over) and much cheaper and easier to visit.

I then, naturally, posted a few of the best photos of the red rivers of Guadalupe on our Instagram feed (check us out – 5000 followers and rising!). They got lots of likes and comments, and I was happy…so far, so good, right?! Well, it got a whole lot better actually – if you read my post you’ll see that I highly recommended a local guide and hotel/restaurant owner named Jose. He was very passionate about promoting his home town as a tourist destination, and I told him that I would do my best to show off the magic of the place via this blog. I honestly thought my blog post, Instagram snaps etc. would be the extent of that promotion…

 

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Amazing shares of my muscular back (and that red river) on some massive Instagram travel sites!

 

However, the red rivers clearly struck a chord with people: since I posted the photos of Quebrada Las Gachas, they have been shared by some of the biggest Instagram travel accounts, not just in Colombia, but in the world, and the combined numbers on these posts stands at over 25,000 likes and at least 2,000 comments (mostly saying variations of the word “Wow”). To say I am pleased with those numbers would be an understatement! So, assuming that many people are now googling Quebrada las Gachas and Guadalupe, Santander in the hope of finding out more about this beautiful place, here is a photo gallery of the beautiful red rivers of Santander! And don’t forget to click the link at the beginning for full information on how to visit Guadalupe, Santander…

2017 UPDATE – There have been worrying recent reports from Guadalupe about tourists leaving large amounts of trash behind when they visit Las Gachas – please, please, please (and we really can’t emphasise this enough) clean up your rubbish and take it back to town to dispose of it properly! Las Gachas is a wonderful natural treasure and needs to be properly protected. 

 

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Enjoying the waters of Las Gachas

 

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Those jacuzzis are deep (this photo isn’t fake – it really was deeper than my height!)

 

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The red river…

 

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Relaxing in a ‘Jacuzzi’ in Las Gachas – over 20,000 likes for this photo across Instagram! I choose to believe that it’s my back that they’re liking!

 

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Some of the “jacuzzis” empty out from other sources so they remain hollow…it’s an amazing effect!

 

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A lot of people commented on the “green” jacuzzis – they are normally clear, but it had rained the previous night

 

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Beautiful, right?!

 

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Not the most flattering selfie of me ever taken…but I’m happy at least!

 

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A truly surprising and magical place…

 

When I visited Las Gachas and took these photos I really thought people on our social media accounts would respond well (and get it confused with Cano Cristales – which they did), and they certainly did. However, for these photos to be as popular and well-received across Instagram as they were was an amazing thing. Las Gachas is one of the those places that justifies the whole “Colombia is Magical Realism” slogan: as one Instagram share said, “Red rivers, green jacuzzis, blue skies…Is this real life?” Couldn’t have put it better myself…

Chris

 

 

9 thoughts on “Quebrada Las Gachas, Guadalupe, Santander

    drew cunningham on

    So cool! I have been thinking of a country to visit this spring….I am a seasoned traveler and have visited over fifty countries in my fifty years on the planet….a lot of long backpacking trips when in my twenties….anyway, I was having a hard time coming up with a place that really piqued my interest and also a place I have never been before……thanks to you, I have found it…..I am a freelance photographer. This is how I make my living…..I am looking into flights for April right now….can’t wait to see this wonderful natural anomaly – thanks so much!!

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    Jackie on

    What time of the year do you suggest to visit?

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      Chris on

      Hi Jackie – there isn’t really a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ time to travel in Santander: it’s drier between November and January and July and August, but the climate is largely quite dry throughout the year anyway in this region and, actually, the river can be also completely dry in the middle of the dry season (which has been quite strong this year). The river is red because of the rock so, unlike Cano Cristales, there’s no ‘season’ for visiting. Just avoid Colombian holidays, when it’ll be busy, and you’re all set. Happy travels 🙂

      Chris

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        Saar on

        Hey chris!
        I like your blog!
        How can i get to this river? Do i need to order a tour?
        Thanks!

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